Students Smash Volunteering Record

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Dozens of students from the University of Worcester, who clocked up more than 30,000 hours of volunteering, have been recognised at a special awards ceremony.

Worcester Students’ Union held its annual Volunteering and Societies Awards at Worcester Racecourse, rewarding students for their significant contribution to the community and the University.

Joined by John Ryan, University Secretary & Pro Vice Chancellor, and members of the community, the students celebrated more than doubling last year’s 15,000 hours with 31,000 hours of volunteering.

Community Volunteer of the Year went to Chantal Vinyard, who last year won Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. This year she clocked up more than 500 hours of volunteering.

 This year’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year went to Helen Manners.

Worcester Students’ Union President Recognition Award went to Jack Buczynski.

“I have always been interested in volunteering as it has given me great opportunities to network with different people and I have been able to help fundraise for a variety of causes,” he said.

“Engaging with volunteering has given my university experience an extra dimension, which I have enjoyed greatly.

The Union Activities Volunteer of the year Award went to Philip Brookes, who clocked up more than 300 hours of volunteering.

“Winning the award was a shock. I got to meet so many amazing people while I was volunteering 

and do something I was enjoying, so to get an award for something so fun was surreal and showed that people actually appreciated me and the work I had done which made me surprisingly emotional,” he said.

There were also awards for the Student Academic Representatives of the Year.

Wesley Hudson, President of Worcester’s Students’ Union, said: “It is incredible to think that students clocked up 31,000 hours of volunteering this year. We are very proud that our students are such active citizens within their local communities. The work they do is so valuable to the community but also gives their own personal development a real boost.”

The Students’ Union’s volunteering awards was the final of three nights of celebrations for students, which also included the Colours Ball, recognising the sporting success of many students, and the Societies Ball, highlighting those student societies which have made the most impact.

Wesley added: “All of the Awards are a great was to showcase the fantastic work our students do outside of their studies. The variety of work and the massive number of hours they put in is phenomenal, so it’s a great way to celebrate their achievements and show how amazing our students are.”